Botswana vs Kenya - Cost of Living Comparison

Botswana Kenya
🚶 Cost of living one person
$607
$608
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1550
$1593
🏠 One person rent
$256
$223
🏘️ Family rent
$504
$455
🍽️ Food expenses
$241
$225
🚐 Transport expenses
$45.7
$109
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$965
$434
💸 GDP per capita
$6405
$1879
😃 Human freedom index
7.9
6.73
❤️ Life expectancy
69.8
67
👮 Corruption perceptions index
55
30
🌐 English speaking %
38.4%
18.8%
🎓 Higher education
60
70
😀 Quality of life
50
50
🏙️ Population
2.29M
48.5M

The average cost of living in Botswana ($607) is 0.1% less expensive than in Kenya ($608). Botswana ranked 141st vs 140th for Kenya in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months in Botswana compared to 0.7 months in Kenya. Ranked 92nd and 87th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Botswana vs Kenya

We calculate prices for Botswana and Kenya as a population-weighted mean of 8 and 10 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Botswana Kenya
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$5.92
$3.43
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$26.7
$23.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.36
$5.39
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.27
$1.98
 Cappuccino
$1.96
$1.99
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.76
$0.52
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$213
$256
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$164
$131
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$535
$623
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$372
$311
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$32.6
$26.1
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$49.9
$39.9
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$49.7
$41.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
12.84%
13.62%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2378
$3494
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$866
$769
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.43
$0.85
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$19.3
$32.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$19
$10.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.83
$1.09
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.11
$0.79
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.67
$0.45
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.38
$0.97
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.13
$1.61
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.66
$11
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.78
$6.4
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.32
$4.68
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.62
$2.04
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.19
$1.1
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.76
$1.82
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.26
$0.86
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$0.83
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.12
$0.88
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.68
$0.44
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.45
$1.3
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.2
$8.43
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.29
$1.74
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.5
$2.18
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$3.47
$2.49
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.96
$3.68
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.56
$1.08
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.26
$1.25
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$27.2
$37
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.28
$5.76
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$23.9
$20.8
💇 Haircut, simple
$6.66
$4.46
👖 Brand Jeans
$33.7
$18.3
👟 Brand Sneakers
$62.4
$38
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$112
$155
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4942
$6714

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Cities Comparison in Botswana vs Kenya

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Botswana

City Cost of living Population
Gaborone
$668
232K
Francistown
$544
100K
Molepolole
$616
67.6K
Serowe
$527
47.4K
Kanye
$641
45.2K
Palapye
$506
36.2K
Mahalapye
$544
41.3K
Lobatse
$615
26.9K

In Kenya

City Cost of living Population
Nairobi
$716
5.55M
Meru
$422
1.83M
Mombasa
$599
1.2M
Kisumu
$494
410K
Nakuru
$462
308K
Thika
$414
279K
Eldoret
$445
194K
Machakos
$384
114K
Mumias
$443
100K
Malindi
$350
120K